We must pursue a world without nuclear weapons: Obama in Hiroshima

| Friday, May 27, 2016 - 17:15
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New Delhi: After the United States President Barack Obama broke historical grounds by visiting the Hiroshima bombing site on Friday in Japan, the US President delivered a speech that resonated with the trend of volatile scientific progress in today's world and the human incapability to handle it.

Speaking at the bombing site to an audience that included the actual survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings of 1945 and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama remarked that science had allowed for remarkable feats that lead to the eradication of diseases and many other progresses.

"But a lack of moral progress in the human institutions can doom us," said Obama, who reiterated that scientific revolution should be met with an equivalent of moral revolution.

Obama exclaimed that the international community had worked solely to avoid war and ultimately eliminate the existence of nuclear weapons from earth. "But our work is never done," said Obama, dismally claiming that the eradication of nuclear weapons would not occur within his lifetime.

"We must pursue a world without nuclear weapons," the US President said while also pointing out the fact that modern technological advances even gave the crudest rifles and bombs the intensity to destroy lives.

However, Obama's speech was devoid of an apology for the nuclear bombings of Japan in World War II. "Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in the not-so-distant past. We come to mourn the dead," Obama said.

One of the survivors of the nuclear blast, Sunao Tsuboi, claimed that he had never imagined the president would come while he was alive. He also added that the survivors do not need any apologies from the president.

The Second World War bombings of the two cities of Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killed over 140,000 people and left thousand others maimed for life.

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